A quick rain shower steamed up the front door at WLAF around daybreak on Friday.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – As most Campbell Countians slept, heavy rainfall pounded down not long after midnight Friday morning. The torrential pocket of rain prompted a FLOOD ADVISORY at 1:28 am.
Some locations that were likely and did experience flooding included La Follette, Jacksboro, Caryville, Royal Blue and Fincastle. The National Weather Service at Morristown allowed the urban and small stream FLOOD ADVISORY to expire at 4:30 am.
The report of flooding on Demory Road, near Lonas Young Park, and a tree down on Landmark Road at Pinecrest came in to E-911 Dispatch soon after 2 am. Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck said his crews dealt with a few downed trees early this morning.
Two periods of showers and storms are expected today through this evening. The first round will occur early this morning ending by mid-morning. Localized heavy rains and flash flooding are possible. The next round of storms is expected from early this afternoon through early this evening. A moist and unstable air-mass will produce scattered strong to possible severe thunderstorms. The main concern will be torrential rains and potentially more flash flooding. Isolated damaging winds are also possible. .
Strong to severe storms will be possible late Saturday afternoon into the evening. the best chances for severe weather will generally be along and west of Interstate 75. The main threat from these storms will be isolated damaging wind gusts. Heavy rainfall with these storms could also lead to the possibility of localized flash flooding.
A strong to marginally severe storm cannot be ruled out again on Sunday afternoon across northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia with an isolated damaging wind gust being the main threat. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/31/2020-6AM)